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Midweek Madness - Referee accidentally trips flyhalf before kick at goal

Hey RD - will we be treated to the footage of England-captain-in-waiting Maro Itoje's football-style sliding tackle?

Not sure how I feel about it myself - it was very effective and typically athletic, but can't help thinking it was also bloody dangerous. Would be quite interested to hear what other visitors to these esteemed pages made of it.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Tusi Pisi sees red for in the air challenge during breakthrough Bristol win

Ah yes, SuperGav!

Here is a more recent example - first try of this compilation. You may particularly enjoy it as it's finished off by one of the smallest blokes I've seen in professional rugby (in the modern era at least).

When I first saw the number 8 steaming through to collect this kick, my immediate reaction was "Huh? He didn't jump!"

http://www.rugbydump.com/2016/12/5496/five-outstanding-tries-from-week-13-of-the-top-14

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Tusi Pisi sees red for in the air challenge during breakthrough Bristol win

Trysavers and what? Sounds vaguely familiar, like the name of an old friend but who you haven't seen for so long you can't quite picture the bastard any more. ;)

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

David Pocock dominant in second match for Panasonic Wild Knights

I reckon you're probably right. Like when I get done for offside when really it was just phenomenal line speed. :)

1 Month, 3 Days ago

David Pocock dominant in second match for Panasonic Wild Knights

Lovely stuff. That tackle and turnover is a thing of beauty, although I have to say every time I've got even close to that speed of execution (tackle-release-then contest), the bastard ref has pinged me for not releasing the tackler.

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

"I'm saying nothing, but that doesn't mean I'm not thinking it" - right?

The bit on TV where they cut to Eddie Jones in the stand with his head in his hands is probably the most emotional I've seen him.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Ah, but the decision on Hartley was made before this announcement. *Just* before...

Any suggestion that the timing and sequence of these two events were in any way orchestrated by actors behind the scenes, at the RFU or any other organisation, would of course be no more than cynical, baseless conjecture.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Yeah, I'm probably with Dan on this. However, I hope it's not "over-policed", where innocuous accidental head contact is immediately sanctioned, but the ref can apply some discretion.

It really used to wind me up when commentators would eulogise about the "warrior" Brad Barritt, as he walked off the pitch with blood pissing out of this face from tackling people with his head. All that bravery and putting your body on the line business only goes so far. I'm sure he never deliberately intended to hit people with his noggin, but I would suspect that the threat of a yellow card might make those accidental head clashes a bit less frequent.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

OK, but diving should be a red card offence with a minimum ban of six weeks.

Divers should also be tarred and feathered, then made to walk around the stadium with a placard on the chest saying "diver" and the crowd encouraged to throw mouldy old vegetables at them.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

As I just wrote on the other thread:
Clearly [Hartley's availability for the Six Nations] is just serendipitous coincidence and anyone who tries to read any more into it than that is clearly a very cynical individual..........

1 Month, 1 Week ago